2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
Toyota recently introduced the hybrid version of their incredibly popular Corolla sedan, and it’s already proving to be a hit for the 2020 model year. As the manufacturer of the legendary Prius and the first name in hybrids, Toyota has answered the call to produce the most eco-friendly version yet of their well-loved compact sedan. The Corolla Hybrid’s EPA-estimated fuel economy is 52 mpg combined, and it comes equipped with a suite of standard advanced safety features. Unlike the conventional gas-only 2020 Corolla, the Hybrid version only comes in the LE trim. Its power comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine paired to two electric motor-generators, MG1 and MG2, producing a combined system output of 121 horsepower and 105 pounds-feet of torque.
If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a Corolla Hybrid LE, you’ll enjoy standard features such as LED headlights, automatic high beams, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, selectable drive modes (Normal, ECO, and Sport), adaptive cruise control, a virtual instrument panel, automatic climate control, a rearview camera system, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. For connectivity and entertainment, it’s set up with Toyota’s Safety Connect emergency communication services, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth hands-free, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and a six-speaker stereo system. The excellent Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of advanced safety features will help to keep you and your passengers safe with features such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and traffic sign recognition.
The hype has been real for the Corolla Hybrid, with the excited chatter starting months before its release. Given that the tried-and-true Corolla has been one of Toyota’s staples since its introduction in 1966, a hybrid version only broadens the car’s appeal by giving environmentally conscious drivers yet another option. It’s no secret that Toyota has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to exceptionally fuel-efficient vehicles; after all, their Prius model undeniably changed the game and continues to do so.
All-New Hybrid Powertrain
The Corolla Hybrid’s 1.8-liter engine gets paired with a nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery pack that makes use of a newly developed technology, Hyper-Prime Nickel, to help boost its performance. This battery’s smaller, flatter shape allows it to fit under the rear seat rather than taking up excessive trunk space (it doesn’t get in the way of the 60/40 split-seat accommodation, either). For the gas-powered side of the equation, things are just as impressive, as the Corolla Hybrid uses an exhaust heat recirculation system that speeds up the engine coolant’s warp-up. This in turn allows the hybrid system to stop the gas engine earlier and more often in the driving cycle when electric power is preferable, such as during city driving. This way, the Corolla Hybrid conserves more fuel and lets out lower emissions, helping drivers save money as they do their part to save the environment.